I have to drive to Austin for a half week for work and back here. I have to pay my expenses and get reimbursed, but tho the innovation of flying and renting wheels there, which most of civilization favors, is economically comparable I enjoy seeing the country. Also, looking at a lot of pre WW2 Western art in places like Indianapolis, Tulsa, and Fort Worth vaguely relates to what I'm supposed to be doing.
My previous jaunt to Texas involved researching food stops along the way ahead of time but on the way I learned that it is best to hit a special place once a day and self-cater the other two meals, because of sitting in a car and the portions involved. I generally like to make painstaking plans and ignore them.
Mon 11 Sept
At supper hoping the Hare Krishnaists won’t smell the Chili Dog on my breath from lunch, or possibly stuffed cabbage instead. I used to be a vegetarian but the South and Mexico ruined this for a while. Museums in Pennsylvania all closed on Monday, hence scenic route.
Joseph Mallard William
Stare at the Beckmanns as long as I want, maybe seeing the rest of the collections, maybe not. Saw the New York retrospective a few years back but you can’t look at his work briefly in a crowd; I can’t.
Will see how South Grand compares to Washington Street Philly for Vietnamese.
Cowboys and Indians in Tulsa.
Stockyards closed Thursday in OK City so I may settle for a salad.
My Favorite Caravaggio
Sat 16-Wed 20
Chekhov’s dinner set, veggies.
Twombly gallery, plus Rothko Chapel and the Menil Surrealist collection.
Dinner/breakfast? ..in that Mecca of indigenous American cuisine, Beaumont, TX. San Francisco, what’s that? (never been)
Sat 23-Mon 25
Borrowing a condo on the St Augustine estuary..
Get out of the car, stare at this:
then arrive back here.
I may change this post as the trip changes.